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Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center Environmental Policy and Accountability
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The mission of the Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center (AFSRC) is to develop knowledge and technology to increase the profitability of small-farm agricultural enterprises in the Region while enhancing soil and water quality and environmental integrity.  We do this by identifying and targeting products to satisfy niche market demands and by developing practices that help farmers overcome the challenges presented by climate, steep terrain and eroded soil.  In conjunction with this mission, AFSRC is committed to protecting human health and the environment; meeting or exceeding Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, codes and guidelines; and employing sustainable pollution prevention practices.  The AFSRC Environmental Management System (EMS) builds upon the existing ARS Safety, Health and Environmental Management Program and is designed to be an integral part of scientific research activities, project review processes, facility operations, and ARS Policy & Procedures.  AFSRC will strive to minimize impacts and continually improve its environmental performance by:

  • Maintaining a policy of commitment to environmental excellence.
  • Developing annual objectives, targets, and actions to advance the EMS program performance in terms of both regulated and unregulated impacts.
  • Considering environmental impacts in research planning, policy formulation, procurement actions, and operating decisions.
  • Adhering to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, permit requirements, and Departmental and ARS policies and procedures.
  • Identifying and requesting the necessary resources to successfully carry out identified objectives and targets via ARMPS.
  • Providing personnel with appropriate training, ensuring they are aware of environmental roles and responsibilities, and accountable for their performance and actions including recognizing them for outstanding performance. 
  • Effectively communicating AFSRC’s commitment to the environment to employees, partners, stakeholders, customers and the general public, and solicit input in developing and achieving objectives and targets for the EMS program.
  • Routinely monitor environmental operations and conduct periodic inspections, audits, and reviews to ascertain that applicable standards are met, and EMS program effectiveness is evaluated.
  • Correcting identified deficiencies in a timely manner and taking appropriate steps to prevent their recurrence.
  • Clearly documenting and reporting the progress and achievements related to this policy.

Last update: _October 12, 2005_                  Research Leader: __________________________
Maintained by: EMS Team

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Last Modified: 11/14/2005
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